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Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby George » Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:03 pm

An 8-foot plunge with nice cascades above and below the falls, this is reached by a 20-minute walk on lands owned by RPI in North Greenbush.

Tech Park 1.jpg


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Be sure to check out the cascades below the falls:

Tech Park 4.jpg


The trails throughout the park are used by the public, and maps are available. The falls is off the red trail, which follows an old dirt road by the creek. If you're interested, I can send you detailed directions to get to the falls.
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby L_G_D » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:56 pm

Cool, another one I haven't been to - how do you get there? I know where the tech park is, on route 4, right?
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby Matt » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:17 am

Excellent contrast there with the fall leaves and the dark rock. Another fantastic set of photos! :up: :up:
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby George » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:43 pm

It turns out there is another, larger set of falls here. I estimate the main falls to be about 50' feet high. The trails are marked as being funded by the Environmental Protection Fund, so I'm assuming they are open to the public.

Tech Park Main Falls.jpg


Tech Park Main Falls Pano.jpg


The stream has worn down through a really loose shale that makes for some interesting scrambling

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Loren - I'll send you the directions to these too
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby L_G_D » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:05 am

Cool, thanks. That looks like the standard Albany shale, not sure the technical geologic term, Oriskany, maybe? I'd have to look it up, but it's all over the Albany area, and in some places can have pockets/veins of quartz crystals in it.
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby George » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:31 pm

Here's a Google Earth shot of the main falls location. It's a short walk across the open field to a bridge and clearly marked trails to the falls. The lat and long are 42.684822 and -73.7065573 respectively. Unfortunately, the location of the smaller set is not as easily determined from Google Earth because new roads have been constructed in the area.

Matt, I'm not sure if you need locations for some of the falls I've posted, and what format is best for this. Drop me a note if you need anything for the annual update.

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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby L_G_D » Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:27 am

Looking on the aerial view on bing, there seems to be another small fall downstream a bit.

Bing map view

I did a couple screen grabs and patched them together and lightened it a bit, marked the two falls that I can see.



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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby George » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:47 am

I did see that second falls, and took a mediocre shot that I didn't post. That area had a lot of brush and someone flagged the stream bank with caution tape that I didn't feel like removing and replacing, like I did for the other shots. I guess the danger of slippery rocks, flaking shale and a 20-foot drop for the lower falls wasn't self-evident.

My guesstimate for the area of the smaller set of falls is shown here in the white polygon. I was hoping that it was on a tributary that merged with the main falls stream somewhere downstream, but it looks like they are separate drainages.

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I may try to get out this weekend with the GPS to get coordinates.
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby L_G_D » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:35 am

There may also be some falls on the tributary to the south of the spot you have marked with the yellow pushpin. The trees are too thick to see if there might be something in there on bing. But since it follows the same hillside, there might be something in there. This weekend looks to be rainy/snowy, though maybe Sunday might be nice. I might get a chance to head over that way.
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby LoFoo50 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:41 am

I was wondering you could get me hiking direction for these falls. I know where the tech park is so I just was wondering where to go from there.
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby George » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:45 am

The main falls are pretty easy to find, and the Google Earth screen shot above shows it pretty well. Park in the lot at the MapInfo/Pitney Bowes building, farthest from the building near the road. Cross the road to the field on the opposite side. Follow paths either across the field or along the tree line to the northwest corner of the field. From there you will see a metal bridge and trail sign. Follow the trail to the falls. To get to the bottom of the falls requires a short bushwhack. The safest way do to this is to go well past the falls, descend where it's safe, then walk back up the streambed. Just be careful of the loose shale.

The smaller falls is a little trickier, and it's now been over a year since I was there, so the memory is fading, but here goes. Recent construction may also have changed things since then.

Go in the Tech Park and make the second left (something like Stone Clay Drive)
Park in the back of the Children's Museum parking lot
Cross and walk along the sidewalk to the bridge with iron railing
Before you cross the bridge, go right and pick up the old dirt road
Follow the dirt road along the creek, occasionally you will see red markers
Cross a wooden plank bridge.
About 50 yards after the bridge the trail swings left.
Go right, cross the creek and aim for about halfway up the opposite slope, continuing downstream.
Follow the herd path until you reach the cascades and falls.
Be sure to check out the cascades below the falls.

The only reason to cross the creek above the falls is that it's much safer to descend to the falls from that side than from the other side. I don't know where the trail continues, but it seemed to head upwards.

Good luck! I'd like to return someday and do a little better mapping.
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Re: Falls of the Rensselaer Technology Park

Postby LoFoo50 » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:37 am

Thank you very much George. I will Be Sure to post some pictures if I actually get there :-)
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